More than 1,300 people have signed an online petition launched to save a 143-year-old Bingham railway signal box from demolition.
Lara Fearn who launched the petition notes:
Why is this important?
‘The signal box was opened in 1875 it is one of very few remaining historical sites to the everchanging and growing town of Bingham. Its history is what makes Bingham the town it is and whilst it is important the area expands and moves with the modern times it is drastically more important Bingham as a community are allowed to hold onto its history or before we know it, we will just be another town and the history is left in the past for good.
‘Whilst the functionality of the signal box is now dormant, its building and features still tell a story. We appreciate the time consuming expense and upkeep to a non-functioning signal box is a hindrance but demolition should be the last resort.
‘I have therefore personally approached all parties with a proposition which will not only preserve its history for the town and surrounding areas but will also showcase it for all to see.
‘Therefore if you would like Bingham’s Signal Box to be saved, please sign & share my petition.’
Network Rail say the signal box “has no purpose, becoming a maintenance liability”.
The application stated: “The site will be left open and the vegetation will be allowed to re-generate naturally.
“The site will be fenced off to prevent trespass.”
Rushcliffe Borough Council’s executive manager for communities, Dave Mitchell, said: “Under the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 the Borough Council granted permission to the applicant Network Rail in August 2018 to demolish the signal box.
“This is with the conditions work must take place within three years and an impact assessment is completed to protect the amenity of neighbouring properties whilst demolition takes place.
“All parties had the opportunity to express any views to us at the time the application was made and a decision was taken with all representations considered.”